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Vintage Diversity-The Most Fun Vintage Store in South Florida

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Every now and then I like to do a post featuring a cool vintage shopping destination.  And today I’d like to showcase one of my favorite  stores, Vintage Diversity,  right down here in sunny South Florida.

If you love vintage clothing and home decor and you happen to find yourself in the area, do yourself a great big favor and drop by this mecca of mid century marvels.

A  costume store, vintage clothing boutique and retro culture museum all rolled into one.  You can wander around in there for hours looking at all the fun stuff owner  Melanie Garbo Byrnes  has collected over the years.  Much of it for sale, of course!  There is so much groovylicious stuff to choose from that there is no way you can leave this place without buying something. Very reasonably priced, I may add.  So you can really stock up!

And, in case you happen to have a retro themed party to attend while you’re in town, they’ll deck you out from head to toe in authentic vintage attire that you can rent for your event.

Not only are there are racks, upon racks of vintage clothes for both men and women, there are literally thousands of accessories to complete any outfit.

Vintage clothing collection vintage diversity

Vintage wear at Vintage Diversity

Does any of this bring back childhood memories?

vintage diversity retro decor

Retro decor at Vintage Diversity

The creative Ms. Melanie also does a fabulous job of putting together kitschy cool displays that are little windows into the past.

Both for for your viewing AND shopping pleasure!

Vintage vingnettes

Check out their Facebook page to see photos of happy customers Melanie and her staff have dressed for vintage themed events.

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Immerse Yourself in the Past at Retro Fashion Week

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Attention all you retro lovin’ classy dames! From May 17-23 you can join many other nostalgia buffs and vintage fashion fanatics at Retro Fashion Week.   This online event is brought to you by Carmen Johnson,  the talented mind behind the Time Warp Wives blog and the independent film company, Retrotimes Productions.

A fun, interactive event where you can post your favorite vintage finds, find your future vintage favorites, learn about vintage hair styles, makeup, modelling, etc. There is even a retro fashion contest where you can win prizes. So much retrolicious stuff is going on, I can’t list it all! You’ll just have to go check it out for yourself.

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Antique Lovers Dream-Arcadia, Florida

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Just came back from a big swing dance event in Gulfport, Florida.  Because it’s a 3 1/2 hour drive for me across the middle of the state, my favorite town  to stop and take a break is Arcadia,  an antique shopper’s dream destination.  It’s about an hour east of the gulf coast’s Sarasota/Bradenton area.

If  you love hunting for antique and vintage treasures and you’re planning a Florida vacation, I strongly recommend a day trip to this quaint little town. Most people who come down here never see the interior of the state,  preferring to be on the coasts with all the palm trees,  sandy beaches, Disney World, casinos, crazy traffic and even crazier drivers!  That’s all well and good, but the center of the state makes for a nice, relaxing  getaway from all the crowds in high season.  It’s “Old Florida”  with lots of  live oak trees dripping  Spanish moss, horse and cattle ranches, orange groves and cowboys.  Arcadia even has a rodeo!

Anyway, I always like to alert my readers to fun places to shop and Arcadia is on the top of my list. Though now I’m afraid you’ll all go there and buy up all the stuff I want!

The historic buildings in the downtown area house dozens of antique shops.  There is no way you can go there without buying something. Trust me on this one. So bring lots of cash or a credit card with a high limit on it!  Prices are pretty reasonable compared to big cities, so you’ll be tempted to stock up.

Below are some photos I took of the inside of the old opera house that was built in 1906. This place is now a museum and antique mall. But it used to be used as a movie theater, for political meetings,  dances and the USO.    It has room after room full of fun stuff and it’s haunted! This would be one cool place to have  a Halloween party, with all it’s hallways, rooms, nook and crannies.  Though I didn’t experience any paranormal activity while I was shopping,  I don’t think I’d have the nerve to spend a night there!

Old Opera House Sign

Old Opera House

Old Opera House in Arcadia Florida

Looking toward the stage. Hmmm,what is that mysterious white glowing thing? Oh yeah, sunlight.

Gypsy Fortune Teller

The great Zoltar apparently knows all, except how to escape from that booth she's been in for a gazillion years.

Some who was just dropping in

Someone who was just dropping in

Zombie ticket collector

Zombie ticket collector

From the stage looking up at the projectionist booth.

From the stage looking up at the vampires layer. I mean the projectionist's booth.

After all the shopping at the Opera House and many of other fine establishments in town, you can’t help but work up an appetite.  So it was over to Mary Margaret’s Tea and Biscuit, an adorable English style tea room brimming with character.

Mary Margaret's Tea and Biscuit, Arcadia Florida

Mary Margaret's Tea and Biscuit, Arcadia Florida

This charming gentleman will greet you at the door.

This charming gentleman will greet you at the door.

Didn't I tell you it was adorable?

Didn't I tell you it was adorable?

Lunch. Ham, cheese, horseradish and asparagus grilled sandwich. Yum!

Lunch. Grilled Ham, cheese, horseradish and asparagus sandwich. Yum!

Oh, and the desserts are TDF.  I inhaled a heavenly white chocolate bread pudding with caramel sauce and clotted cream before my DH could snap a photo of it.

Their impeccable service  and delectable food were the perfect finale to my antique hunting expedition in Arcadia.  Looking forward to my next cross state trip!

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Encore-Vintage Clothing in Portland Maine

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Just spent a couple of days in Portland, Maine, one of my favorite stops when in New England. A city full of character,with many historic buildings, a bustling waterfront with many great ethnic and gourmet restaurants, the most delectable fresh seafood and fabulously unique boutiques. Can’t forget to mention the amazing smell of the ocean here as well!

On the top of my list of stores to shop in when I visit the area is Encore, a vintage clothing and designer resale shop at 521 Congress St. Owner, Rita Prout-Farley has been at this location for eighteen years and has amassed an astounding collection of high end designer clothing, vintage fashions and accessories. On this recent visit I spotted outfits by Yves St. Laurent, Armani, Givenchy, Oleg Cassini, Versace and Lanvin.

Boston Magazine has voted her store best vintage clothing shop in New England three years in a row and Travel and Leisure Magazine has included her in their list of top vintage clothing stores in the world! If you’re fortunate enought to visit, you’ll see why.

Racks of vintage and designer fashions at Encore.

Racks of vintage and designer fashions at Encore.

The building that houses her treasures is one of Portland’s historic landmarks, owned by the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association, a craft guild originally founded in 1815. And for 70 years it was the home of Carter Brothers, an upscale jewelry store. The beautiful original oak display drawers and cabinets that surround the perimeter are are still intact, perfect for showcasing her stunning stock of vintage hats, jewelry and shoes.

In the center of the store there are racks full of stylish vintage and contemporary designer dresses, evening gowns, separates, coats, etc. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s quite easy to spend several hours here shopping, there is so much cool stuff to look at and and try on.

Below are some additional shots to give you an idea of the tremendous amount of inventory Rita carries. Definitely a dream destination for any vintage stylista!

 

Vintage purses galore!

Vintage purses galore!

Thousands of pieces of vintage jewelry, including a nice selection of bakelite.

Thousands of pieces of vintage jewelry, including a nice selection of bakelite.

 

Just a small sampling of the vintage shoes available.

Just a small sampling of the vintage shoes available.

Enough vintage hats to make your head spin!

Enough vintage hats to make your head spin!

 

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A Look at Tall Ships and Nautical Fashions

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Well, I finally made my way down to Boston Harbor to see those magnificient classic sailing ships docked on the waterfront.  Boston is one of official ports of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge,  a regatta  that started  in Spain and will end up in Ireland.

Below are some shots I took. The rest are in my Tall Ships Sail Boston Photo Album.

The 185 foot Europa, from the Netherlands, docked at Rowes Wharf Marina at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

Tall ship Europa at Rowes Wharf Marina, Boston

Tall ship Europa at Rowes Wharf Marina, Boston

270′ Mircea from Romania docked at Boston Fish Pier

Tall Ship Mircea from Romania

Tall Ship Mircea from Romania

Figurehead of the 356 foot Argentinian ship Libertad

Libertad, Buenos Aires, tall ship figurehead

Libertad, Buenos Aires, tall ship figurehead

There’s such a air of romance that surrounds these majestic vessels.   You can’t help but fantasize about what it would be like to chuck the day job for a life of high seas adventure and exotic ports of call, accompanied by a crew of cute sailor boys, of course!

But  if you can’t stow away on a sailing ship, at least you can celebrate the seafaring life with some cute nautical inspired  fashion.   Here are some of my vintage style picks to keep you looking SEE worthy all summer!

Nautical inspired fashions

Nautical inspired fashions

1. Sailboat print 60’s vintage dress from Annie Cream Cheese

2.The ever popular 50s inspired Bettie Page sailor style Captain dress

3. 1950s rhinestone sailboat brooch for sale at Great Vintage Jewelry

4. Vintage red, white and blue ship’s wheel pin and earrings set with anchor in center. Offered at Eclecticala.

5. 70s navy vintage dress with red anchor applique from Neo Vintage.

6. Rare cream and red leather 1970s Gucci bag with silver anchor. Offered by Rice and Beans Vintage.

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